UNDP support for renewable energy in Iraq

Oct 2, 2017

Solar photovoltaic pilot project in a residential complex in Najaf. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Baghdad - To promote sustainable energy in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing technical and capacity building support to the Government aiming to integrate the renewable energy source of solar photovoltaic in the energy mix to meet the country’s electricity demand. Creating provisions for clean and sustainable energy have become urgent for Iraq to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2016. This support is being channeled under the project “Catalyzing the Use of Solar Photovoltaic Energy”, in partnership with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

On 02 October 2017, forty representatives of the Ministries of Electricity, Health and Environment, Industries and Science and Technology, as well as the private sector, participated in a technical workshop in Baghdad on policy options and incentives for renewable energy. Participants analysed the potential for renewable energy in Iraq and explored policy, legal and regulatory framework best practices from the region.

“The Government of Iraq deeply appreciates the support and technical inputs of UNDP and RCREEE,” stated Advisor to Iraq’s Prime Minister for Energy, Mr. Raad Mohsin Alhares. “Together, we look forward to harness the potential of solar photovoltaic energy in meeting the electricity demand of Iraq whilst keeping our commitment to the cause of climate change." 

UNDP Country Director for Iraq, Mr. Mounir Tabet, said: “Renewable energy acts as a strong catalyst and a force-multiplier for the SDGs. Key to progressing on its generation and on measures to achieve energy efficiency in Iraq is catalyzing private sector investments in national policies and strategies. This will create conditions necessary for renewable energy to contribute to achieving the SDGs.”

In partnership with RCREEE, UNDP is rolling out targeted policy initiatives including the development of Feed-in-Tariff and grid code for electricity in the coming months. The proposed policy inputs and support are expected to create an enabling environment for the promotion of and increased investment in renewable energy, helping Iraq to meet its energy commitments.


Tarik-ul-Islam, Programme Manager for Environment, Energy and Climate Change (EECC), (m) +964 780 197 6462

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